A burger, with a side of charm
The Elms in Batavia lets diners travel back in time
BATAVIA – At the Elms in Batavia, the soda is served in frosted mugs. The meat is prepared fresh to order. And the walk-up window is a favorite of shoeless neighborhood children, still wet from Quarry Beach, who stop for ice cream cones before heading home.
Inside, Geri Morrison greets customers with a warm welcome when they approach the counter, to order something tasty.
Geri and Ray Morrison have owned The Elms restaurant for 40 years, and their son, Curt, helps run the business, too.
They serve a variety of family friendly fare – hot dogs, corn dogs, burgers, homemade soups, sundaes, cones, malts and root beer – a menu reminiscent of a 1960s drive-in. A specialty is barbecued ribs, which Ray smokes for hours.
The Morrisons took over The Elms in 1973, when it used to be known as Twin Elms. Geri said the restaurant was named after the numerous elm trees that used to grow all over Batavia, now notably absent due to Dutch Elm disease.
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